What is tick?

  • (noun): Any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Ticks are small arachnids in the order Ixodida. Along with mites, they constitute the subclass Acarina. Ticks are ectoparasites (external parasites), living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are vectors of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Q fever (rare; more commonly transmitted by infected excreta), Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, African tick bite fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Tick paralysis and tick-borne meningoencephalitis, as well as bovine anaplasmosis.

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More definitions of "tick":

  • (verb): Make a clicking or ticking sound.
    Synonyms: click
  • (verb): Sew.
    Example: "Tick a mattress"
    Synonyms: retick
  • (noun): A light mattress.
  • (noun): A metallic tapping sound.
    Synonyms: ticking
  • (noun): A mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc..
    Synonyms: check mark, check

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    Time has an undertaking establishment on every block and drives his coffin nails faster than the steam riveters rivet or the stenographers type or the tickers tick out fours and eights and dollar signs and ciphers.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)